Friday, April 4, 2014

Graduation double page layout

I don't often make double page layouts, but a lot of customers have been talking about how that's mostly what they create at home so I thought I'd try my hand at one for an upcoming class using KaiserCraft Art of Life and Graphic 45 chipboard flowers to add spots of color to the otherwise neutral paper. I also decided to toss in some chevron washi from We R Memory Keepers. 

So because it is hard to see all those details on the two page photo, here are close ups of each side of the spread: left and then right.

Oh the fussy cutting on this one - it is actually the most time consuming aspect of the entire layout. I'm sure explaining how to sew on the paper and make that crinkle edge will be new for some of my class but it soooo makes the page in my opinion. 

The right side came together faster since it's really just a line of photos with a couple of flowers. And I had to include that one photo of my bestie who'd flown in after her own graduation to be with my family at mine before we took a little road trip to the coast. 

I hadn't used those Graphic 45 flowers before, when I looked at the packs I'd always assumed they were stickers. Turns out they are double sided cardstock! The pack had two different flower types and I only used one type, the more daisy types. I inked and curled the edges with my fingers to give them a little depth. A few flowers are popped up with foam adhesive to add extra dimension.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Rainy Graduation

Anyone who has seen me make a mini album knows that I LOVE adding in pockets and flaps so when it was time to make a sample for my LSS using gradation pics (high school) that needed more than one page and a lot of explanation it only seemed logical that I would create a sort of mini album within the page. 

I added a photo to the inside of my graduation announcement, hidden photo number one. But wait! There's more. 

I needed this second hidden portion because I really wanted the body of the layout to be about the love my family and friends showed by sitting in the rain for me. At the same time I wanted to document some of the excitement that surrounded the ceremony - the principal got a lot of community backlash for forcing minors to have pat downs (no cell phones, beach balls, keys, etc.), plus with all that rain our families were subjected to sitting through tornado warnings and lightning, and if we'd chosen not to walk she was going to withhold our diplomas. It was important, it was covered in the local newspaper AND a part of the editorials for months, but while it is part of the story I didn't want it to take center stage. I'm still deciding how I want to embellish that left hand side of the page, sort of empty but I don't know what it needs. 

Anyway, so back to the front of the layout, I liked the idea of including some memorabilia on the layout - my announcement and tassel and needed a way to work them in cohesively. I again turned to Page Maps for a solution and used a sketch from page 36. 

I loved how many photos that sketch let me work into the page. I really tried to scan and alter mom's original photos but correcting that rainy weather and mom's point and shoot was beyond my skill set so I just drew right on the photo!

I should note that the papers are all from Jenni Bowlin but I have no idea what line - they were something that the LSS has had hanging around for a long time and she wanted to see if we could use up. 

Monday, March 31, 2014


When Dala, the owner of my LSS, asked me to use these papers from Reminisce for a class project I sort of cringed. While I liked the ombre and the chevron the colors were so big and bright that I felt unprepared for the task. To tone down the patterns I added in a piece of Tim Holtz/Coordinations Crackle Cardstock and set to work using a Page Maps sketch as my starting point. 

To complement the papers I wanted photos that were fairly simple but still summer bright, these ones of Vance playing at a nearby Splashground were perfect since they had action without being overly busy.

You'll see that I flipped over some of the black cardstock to lend another color to the palate and break up some of that busy color/pattern a bit more. I also misted some Studio Calico shapes with Mister Huey sprays as an easy and simple embellishment. 

The journaling was done on the back of that black cardstock and I drew on the faux stitching. All-together, this layout took me less than an hour to put together and will do nicely for a class about using pattern papers and sketches to make quick layouts. 

Page Maps sketch, page 80. 

Friday, March 28, 2014

ScrapbookSteals Fancy Pants Steal - Taking Care of Baby

Happy Friday fellow Stealers! When Melodee, buyer at ScrapbookSteals, said that I'd be getting a random assortment of Fancy Pants papers for a Design Team project I was stoked, sadly my package never arrived but I did the best I could by assembling all my Fancy Pants scraps and full sheets for a full inspection before beginning this layout. I found some long lost favorites, many of which were past Steals!

I used papers from the following lines : Trendsetter, Like Father Like Son, Kraft Kuts, Happy Together, Rough & Tough, and Park Bench. I even pulled out some Fancy Pants brads, alpha stickers, and the cork sticker.

Also, I used Melodee's fab Rose 7 sketch, it was perfect for all those smaller bits of paper that I'd still had hanging around.

In addition to the FP embellishments I used more of those DIY enamel dots, some AC Thickers, BG sticker alphas, AC Amy Tangerine stitching template, and Colorbox ink.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Service Day

This little layout is another one I've put together for my local store for a class about resist techniques. For this one I used one of those specially treated resist papers and merely misted over them and then wiped. 

The other papers are a mix of Hazel & Ruby Chalk It Up and Webster's Pages Trendsetter.

The chipboard embellishments are from Pebbles From Me To You. 

Then I did a little doodling, faux stitching, added some Ranger Enamel Accents, and a couple strips of washi (sorry, don't know all the brands there). An easy, quick layout. 

The page was inspired by a Page Maps sketch, page 44.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


This one was made as a sample for my local store and will be featured as part of a class that I'll teach mid-April. In the full layout photo it is hard to see the texture created on the background but as we go through the close-ups I'll tell you a bit more about the process. For now, please note that along the outer edge of the page that there are three distinct colors. 

To start with, I smeared gel medium on a stamp and applied it to the paper. I repeated it a few times around the page. I put the gel medium on thick enough that most of the image has been lost but it left some peaks and such that created the texture you see here and acts as a resist. It should be noted that less gel medium leaves the stamped image more intact but also flattens the texture a bit, pluses and minuses to each technique.

When the gel medium dried I painted on a light brown acrylic paint and then a Tim Holtz metallic paint dauber. After each of those coats, wipe the paint off the gel medium to reveal the underlying paper. 

You'll see in this close-up how the paper is visible in some areas, I had to tweak the colors in the photo a bit to make it visible (dumb metallic paints made it hard to photograph). 

Monday, March 17, 2014

PGCB Lucky Charms

I'm so excited about today's Paper Girls Challenge - I'm hosting this week and thought it would be fun to pay homage to the holiday to day with a "Lucky Charm" themed challenge. I'm asking that everyone do a project about something that has a lucky element - a blessing, a daily routine, special shirts, fan rituals, etc. and it doesn't have to have anything to do with St. Patrick's Day.

My project is a layout about my dad's gameday rituals - certain Cowboys shirts/jerseys based on if they are playing. Let me just say that it's a little elaborate in my opinion, but totally one of those things that will be fun to look back and see. 

And here's a close-up, check out the colored stars that I made by mixing modeling paste with some of my Mister Huey's mist. Perfect! Though they did make the paste runny and a tad bit harder to use, for this project precise shapes weren't necessary but could easily be problematic.

I also rubbed a silver Tim Holtz paint dauber over some of the stars. Cowboys colors are silver and blue, how could I not?!

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